Month: June 2019

Osun police rescue man kidnapped at Lagos ATM point

The Osun State Police Command on Saturday said it had rescued one Bewaji Oladipo, who was allegedly kidnapped in Lagos, at Railway Crossing.

The command, in a press statement by its spokesperson, SP Folashade Odoro, said the kidnapped victim was rescued at about 6:45 p.m., on Friday, by the state police “Puff Adder” operatives, during a stop-and-search operation along Osogbo-Ilorin expressway.

Odoro said the victim was kidnapped when he went to withdraw cash from an ATM point within his vicinity at Command Area Iyana-Ipaja Lagos, by suspected four-man kidnapping gang, two of them dressed in military camouflage.

The command said the kidnappers fled when their vehicle was stopped by the police team and their victim was rescued from the abandoned vehicle.

It said efforts were, however, being intensified to arrest the fleeing culprits, adding that the victim had been reunited with his family


Police arrest man for slapping nurse on duty

A yet-to-be-identified man was arrested by the police on Saturday for slapping a nurse identified as Angela at Okwe General Hospital, Asaba, Delta State.

The man claimed that the nurse abandoned their loved one who was on emergency when policemen from B’ Division Station stormed the hospital premises.

He told the police that when he arrived in the hospital, there was nobody to attend to his relative.

He said, “There was no doctor around and card collection was also difficult. The nurse was delaying to attend to us and the person we brought to the hospital died. I was unable to control my anger and I slapped the nurse.”

The man also told the police that the deceased was his relative and they both worked at Toll Gate Park, Bridge Head, Asaba.

On her part, the nurse said, “As I came into the hospital in the morning, I saw a man lying down vomiting and foaming. I told them to bring the man in and his condition was critical. In fact, he was brought in almost dead.

“I quickly ran to the pharmacy to get infusion. I didn’t even ask them to pay first, breaking the protocol to attend to the man. As I came back to where I went to bring infusion, they started hitting and slapping me.

They threatened to kill me and my child. Now, the man has been arrested and he will produce the women that dragged my hair and clothes.”

It was observed that no doctor was around to attend to patients when the incident occurred. But as the police drove away the deceased’s family members to their station in a van, a doctor identified as Okon arrived in the hospital.

Okon, who examined the situation in the hospital, said to the waiting patients, “No doctor around? Are you all waiting for doctors? I will soon leave.”


32-year-old arraigned for allegedly sodomising teenager in Katsina

A 32-year-old member of a vigilante group in Katsina, Abubakar Ma’azu, has been arraigned before a Katsina State Senior Magistrates’ Court for criminal intimidation and allegedly sodomising a 15-year-old boy.

His arrest and subsequent arraignment followed his alleged confession that he had unlawful carnal knowledge of the victim.

Ma’azu also allegedly confessed to have threatened the victim that he “would cut him with a cutlass” if he told anyone what transpired between them.

The victim’s elder brother, Mustapha Usman of the Kwado Quarter, Katsina, reported the incident at the GRA Police Station, Katsina, on May 26, 2019, a day after Ma’azu allegedly committed the offence.

Ma’azu of the Kofar Durbi Quarter, Katsina, who is also known as Coach, reportedly lured the victim from Nagogo Road around 8.30pm on May 25, 2019, after which he took him to the vigilante office located at the Kofar Kaora Quarter, where he allegedly sodomised him.

According to the police, Ma’azu confessed to committing the crime during interrogation.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, said the offences were contrary to the provisions of sections 284 and 396 of the Penal Code Law.

He told the court that investigation into the crime was still in progress and asked for more time to enable the police to conclude the investigation.

The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, granted the police request and ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody till July 16, 2019, when his case would come up for mention.


Man chops off 11-year-old boy’s wrist in Lagos

A 61-year-old man, Jeremiah Obifor, on Friday, chopped off the wrist of an 11-year-old boy, Goodluck Amaechi, as the machete narrowly missed the victim’s neck and landed on his right wrist.

It was learnt that the victim and three of his friends went fishing in a canal at the back of Isha Ibrahim Street in the Okokomaiko area of Lagos State around 12.20pm when the incident happened.

Since Thursday and Friday of last week were declared as mid-term break by most schools in Lagos, it was gathered that pupils with adventurous minds engaged in activities that excited them during the period.

An eyewitness, identified simply as Joseph, said he was passing by the canal when the incident happened.

He stated that he had barely walked a few metres away from where the boys were fishing when he heard a cry and he had to run back.

He explained that when he got to the scene, he saw an elderly man leaving the place briskly for his house, adding that the other boys accused him of cutting off Goodluck’s wrist with a machete.

“The sight was horrible. We raised the alarm and took the boy away from there. The man did not feel any remorse; instead, he was saying that he did not know how he missed the victim’s neck,” Joseph stated.

The victim’s father, Damien Amaechi, 42, said he was at work when neighbours called him on the phone and asked him to come to the Okokomaiko Police Station.

Damien stated that because of the urgency and the manner in which the message was passed to him, he had to jump out of a moving vehicle in order to get to the police station.

He said as he was walking towards the police station, a neighbour approached him and told him to take heart, adding that an elderly man had chopped off Goodluck’s right wrist.

The father of four told PUNCH Metro that he lost his wife four years ago and he was responsible for taking care of the children.

He stated, “On Friday, I was in the bus where I was selling drugs. I received a call that I should come back immediately. I asked the person who called me about what happened but he could not tell me. Neighbours continued calling my mobile phone asking me to come to the Okokomaiko Police Station.

“Nobody gave me an inkling of what the situation was. But because of the urgency and the intensity in which the message was delivered to me, I had to jump out of a moving bus without looking back. As I was walking towards the bus stop, people were looking at me, while others started following me.

“One man I know very well came to me and said that my son was in hospital. I asked him what happened; he told me that somebody cut off his right wrist. He told me that my son and his friends went to the canal in our area to fish when one man came out and cut off his right wrist. I asked my son what happened; he told me the same story as the man.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident.

He said the police had arrested Obifor and that investigation was ongoing and the suspect would soon be charged to court.

Elkana stated, “On June 7, 2019, around 12.20pm, one Doris Isaac of No. 6 Ajanaku Street, Okokomaiko, reported at the Okokomaiko Police Station that on the same date around 8.20am, her 11-year-old foster son, Goodluck Amaechi, of the same address was attacked with a machete by one Jeremiah Obifor, 61, of No.14 Isha Ibrahim Street, Mechanic bus stop, Mebamu, Okokomaiko, and cut off the boy’s right wrist.

“The victim was rushed to the Igando General Hospital. The suspect alleged that he saw the victim around his fish pond and thought that he came to steal his fish and he attacked him. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation.”